doppelgangerI need help with the doppelganger effect in the plot of macbeth and quotes in macbeth that relates to doppelganger (15 quotes would be amazingly good) I really need this, thanks

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The word "double" is mentioned surprisingly often in this play, beginning almost immediately. Here, for instance, is a passage that presents Macbeth and Banquo as partners (partners, of course, who will later be separated in various significant ways). Duncan is asking about opposition from the enemy; the segeant is reporting how Banquo and Macbeth coped with such opposition:

  • Duncan. Dismay'd not this 
    Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
  • Sergeant. Yes; 
    As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion. 
    If I say sooth, I must report they were 
    As cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they 
    Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe: 
    Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds, 
    Or memorise another Golgotha, 
    I cannot tell. 
    But I am faint, my gashes cry for help. [emphasis added]

Later, their differences will become far more significant than their similarities.

 

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A doppelgänger is basically a kind of replacement, or a double. Consider Lady Macbeth, who makes plans and decisions for her husband and also takes a share in the guilt, perhaps more than he does. Here is an enotes question link you can also use to help. http://www.enotes.com/macbeth/q-and-a/discuss-how-doubles-duplicity-play-significant-131905
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The word "double" is mentioned surprisingly often in this play, beginning almost immediately. Here, for instance, is a passage that presents Macbeth and Banquo as partners (partners, of course, who will later be separated in various significant ways). Duncan is asking about opposition from the enemy; the segeant is reporting how Banquo and Macbeth coped with such opposition:

  • Duncan. Dismay'd not this 
    Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
  • Sergeant. Yes; 
    As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion. 
    If I say sooth, I must report they were 
    As cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they 
    Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe: 
    Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds, 
    Or memorise another Golgotha, 
    I cannot tell. 
    But I am faint, my gashes cry for help. [emphasis added]

Later, their differences will become far more significant than their similarities.

 

thank you, that's a good example, but how does this affect the play?

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